May 6

May 6 is the 126th day of the Gregorian calendar ( 127th in leap years), thus remaining 239 days of the year.

  • 2.1 Before the 19th century
  • 2.2 19th century
  • 2.3 20th century 2.3.1 1901-1950
  • 2.3.2 1951-2000
  • 3.1 Before the 19th century
  • 3.2 19th century
  • 3.3 20th century
  • 3.4 21st century


Politics and World Affairs

  • 2002: The Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn, top candidate of the right-wing populist Pim Fortuyn Lijst will be shot in Hilversum from animal -rights activist Volkert van der Graaf. The attack leads to riots in The Hague.
  • 2007: The UMP candidate Nicolas Sarkozy defeated with 53.06 percent of the vote in the runoff in the French presidential election, the Socialist candidate Ségolène Royal.
  • 2012: The Socialist candidate François Hollande wins the runoff election for the French presidential office against incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy (UMP ).


Science and Technology

  • 2001: Dennis Tito, the first space tourist lands after a nine-day space flight with the Russian Soyuz TM -32 mission back in Kazakhstan on earth.





Minor accidents are listed in the sub- items of disaster.


Entries of Athletics world records are located under the respective discipline under Athletics.


Before the 19th century

  • 0973: Henry II, Holy Roman -German Emperor
  • 1397: Sejong, King of the Korean Joseon Dynasty
  • 1501: Marcellus II, Pope
  • 1574: Innocent X, Pope
  • 1580: Carlo I. Gonzaga, Duke of Nevers and Rethel
  • 1635: Johann Joachim Becher, German chemist and physician
  • 1668: Baron Adolph Magnus von Hoym, minister of Saxony and Silesian entrepreneurs
  • 1696: Johann Andreas von Franken- Siersdorf, Vicar General in Cologne
  • 1713: Charles Batteux, French aestheticians
  • 1728: Johann Andreas Stein, German organ and piano maker
  • 1741: Joseph Ignatius Buček, Czech University Professor, Author economic works
  • 1744: Johann Christoph Kunze, German Protestant theologian
  • 1747: George I, Count of Pyrmont and Prince of Waldeck
  • 1756: André Masséna, a French general

19th century

20th century




Before the 19th century

19th century

20th century

21st Century

  • 2002: Murray Adaskin, Canadian composer and conductor
  • 2002: Pim Fortuyn, Dutch politician and publicist
  • 2004: Barney Kessel, American jazz guitarist
  • 2004: Philip Kapleau, American Zen monk
  • 2004: Robert Gratzer, Austrian writer, journalist, playwright and publisher
  • 2005: Joe Grant, American comic book writer
  • 2006: Grant McLennan, Australian singer and songwriter
  • 2006: Lillian Asplund, the third- last survivor of the Titanic disaster
  • 2006: Hans Wyprächtiger, Swiss actor
  • 2007: Carey Bell, American blues musician
  • 2007: Ikegami Kaneo, Japanese novelist and screenwriter
  • 2007: Joseph St. Michael's, South Tyrol theologian and church historian
  • 2008: Kuno Bärenbold, German writer
  • 2009: Valentin Varennikov, Soviet- Russian military and politicians
  • 2012: Volker Canaris, German dramatist, theater critic and intendant
  • 2012: Jean Laplanche, French psychoanalyst and author
  • 2013: Giulio Andreotti, Italian politician, several times minister and prime minister, writer and journalist

Holidays and observances

  • Religious observances Friedrich III. (Saxony), German Elector ( Protestant)
  • Name Days Antonia, Gundula

More entries contains the list of commemorative and action days.

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  • Day in May